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Apprenticeships - Employing an Apprentice


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Apprenticeships - Employing an Apprentice gives you a quick overview of what it means to employ an apprentice and how to go about it.

For more information about the apprenticeship recruitment services that we offer at Pathway Group please call: 0121 707 0550 or e-mail:

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Apprenticeships - Employing an Apprentice

  1. 1. Apprenticeships Employing an Apprentice
  2. 2. Apprenticeships are paid positions, lasting no less than 12 months for people aged 16+ who do not hold a degree qualification. For apprentices aged 16-24, you may qualify for an Employer Incentive, subject to eligibility. Check out our factsheet on Employer Incentives.
  3. 3. GCSE Intermediate Apprenticeship Advanced Apprenticeship Higher Apprenticeship A-Level Degree/ Postgraduate Level There are 3 Levels of Apprenticeships, covering job roles across all industry sectors.
  4. 4.  12+ months employment at 30hours/week.  Minimum wage of £2.68/hour in the first year only.  Apprentices must be 16 and above.  They must not hold a degree.  An Apprenticeship Agreement must be in place. Employment of an Apprentice:
  5. 5.  Free Apprenticeship recruitment service.  The Apprentice’s job role is supported by the qualifications being completed.  Practical elements of the role are assessed as part of the Apprenticeship.  Technical skills & knowledge are provided within the Apprenticeship.  Support with English, Maths & Personal Development (Functional Skills) is also provided. Key Benefits
  6. 6.  The Apprentice’s wage for 12+ months, at minimum £2.68/hour.  Government fully funds the Apprenticeship qualifications for apprentices aged 16-18.  An employer contribution may be required by the training provider to cover the cost of delivering an Apprenticeship for apprentices aged 19+ (check with us). Costs of an Apprenticeship
  7. 7. Functional Skills Technical Certificate (Knowledge) Practical Skills Qualification (QCF/NVQ) Work Placement
  8. 8. 1. Are you looking to create a new job position(s)? 2. Can this role be fulfilled by an Apprentice (someone who wants to learn)? 3. Can you coach, mentor & support your Apprentice throughout their employment & studying? 4. Can you support their wage costs for a minimum of 12 months? 5. Can you release the Apprentice for approximately 1 day per week for studying &/or attending College, if need be? 6. Do you have the resources to manage & provide feedback to your Apprentice? Things to consider when thinking of taking on an Apprentice
  9. 9. 1. Develop a job description against the role. 2. Research the Apprenticeship ‘framework’ that best fits the role. 3. Find a Apprenticeship Provider (such as Pathway Group) 4. Check costs/employer contributions with training providers before proceeding. 5. Allow 4-8 weeks for recruitment (advertising, shortlisting & interviewing). Planning for Apprenticeships
  10. 10. For more Information & advice on Apprenticeships please call us today on: 0121 707 0550 or e-mail: